Back in the day, it was almost unheard of for females to be into cars, but boy have times changed. Although females are still vastly outnumbered in car culture today, they’re enjoying, modifying and working on their own vehicles, as well as working in the industry all over the country along side male counterparts. Not surprisingly, the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association found this to be something worth recognizing, so each year they award one female in the industry with the Woman of the Year award. And this year’s winner is more than a deserving rodder.
The Goodguys Woman of the Year award is given out to a female industry executive each year who works to “preserve the integrity and growth of the hot rod industry.” The award was started in honor of the late Kate Bloechl, who was instrumental in the developmental years of the Goodguys Association, and has been given out annually since 1991.
This year, the award was given to Angie Johnson of Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop in Gadsen, Alabama at a ceremony at the 15th Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio last weekend.
Johnson’s passion, 19-year-long commitment to the industry and role as partner in Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop made her the perfect candidate for the award.
From a young age, Johnson was interested in cars. In high school she drove a Pontiac Fiero, which ended up attracting her husband Alan. For Angie and Alan’s first date, they attended a World of Wheels event, and as they say, the rest is history.Since opening, Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop has built two Goodguys Street Rod of the Year award winning cars, a Ridler Award winner, Street Machine of the Year award winner, several Mother’s Shine award winners and even a 200mph record-holding Bonneville racer. The shop has also completed many high-end projects and was even awarded the Daimler Chrysler Design Excellence Award for their G-Force Cuda at the 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show.
Angie Johnson has been influential to the hot rod industry for years now and continues to bring impressive cars to the forefront of the hot rod scene. Congratulations goes out to Johnson for this well-deserved award.
For more information about Johnson or the Woman of the Year award, visit Good-guys.com.